Friday, April 15, 2011

How I got my name

As you know I have been running a giveaway and all you had to do was tell everyone how you got your name. (There is still time to enter - if you are quick, the giveaway ends Monday at 12.00pm)

So how did I get my name - you may be asking. Well Mom had been wanting another sheltie for sooooo long and when they moved to Nebraska her one stipulation was that the house they rented must allow pets. They found one that did and she also found me! They came to see me when I was just five weeks old (wasn't I so cute). Now like most parents Mom and Dad had been thinking of names and Dad wanted a good Aussie name. He loves all things Australian (of which my Mom is). He also loves the movie "The Man From Snowy River" The author of the poem that this film is about - was Banjo Patterson and Mom liked the name "Banjo". Dad on the other hand wanted to name me after another Banjo Patterson poem which was "Clancy of the Overflow". Can you believe Dad wanted to call me Clancy???? What were you thinking DAD?????

Anyway, they took one look at me and just KNEW that neither of the names suited me. Mom and I snuggled and cuddled a lot when we first met and she instantly fell in love with me. She knew that if she waited the "right" name would come - that she would be given a sign. Driving back home Mom and Dad talked a lot about my name and as they were getting closer to home a huge billboard loomed above them with the name "Reilly" on it and she knew instantly that was my name. She called the breeder straight away and told her and she started calling me from then on. Mom chuckles a little when she thinks back on it - it was after all a "sign from above" that gave me my name !

Here is all the entries so far


The Thundering Herd






Maggie & Mitch


Fenris, Scylla, Artemisia, Socks




Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara







Katie, Maizey and Magnus



  1. Hilarious timing :)

    just did this movie the other day :)

    how Sally got her name :)

  2. Great story behind your name. We did this once quite some time ago - we will have to see if we can find the link to those posts.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Awwwwwww, I love your puppy photo! Reilly, you were such a little puff ball.

  4. We found the post we did about how Phantom and Thunder got their names. Here is a link to that post.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  5. Cute name story! You were so darn adorable as a puppy Reilly!

  6. You are definitely a 'Reilly'!

  7. Weilly
    It cewtainly was a sign fwom above, hehehehe
    I think it's the pawfect name fow you. I have wanted so much to entew, and am still hoping to do it in time, but Daddi was sick this week, and we had lots less time than we thought. He's well now and mommi is twying to catch up on hew wowk, but she says she'll twy.

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  8. That Puppy photo is FABULOUS!!!
    Cool story!
    Awww you were too cute! And still are!

  9. That's a great story, Reilly! And you have a great name!

  10. A sign from above! We like that Reilly! You were sure an adorable pup!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. I love the story behind Reilly's name .. I also love The Man From Snowy River (maybe so much cause I saw it in Sydney!)
    Brody's name came from above too (the cookbook above the hiding spot he picked his first night in the house. Full story here :)

  12. I love the story behind your name Reilly, I think its good when we don't get so stuck on a name that we give our pets names that just don't fir them. Reilly is a perfect name for you! And the part of it being a "sign from above" is just hilarious!:))

    Is it too late for me to enter Magnus story? I am still working on it, but could probably get it done by tonight, if thats okay?


Thank you for woofing at us - we read each and every one of them